Around the time of the Split Enz album "Conflicting Emotions", Tim Finn embarked on his solo career with the 1983 album "Escapade", which achieved great success on both sides of the Tasman. This is the first single from the album, the New Zealand issue. The Australian issue was basically the same, just with a different label and catalogue number.
The Dutch version with a slightly different cover. Other European countries released this single with slight variations in graphics and lettering.
The Australian single was released on the standard Mushroom label, and the New Zealand version was also on Mushroom, but with a different look. "Fraction" was also released in North America without picture cover.
Canadian issue with B side "Staring at the embers".
The second single in Australia and New Zealand.
The North Americans also had this as their second single, but once again, no picture cover was issued.
The third single for Australasia only. This is the Australian cover.
The special New Zealand cover, which has the same cover both front and back.
"Through the years/Grand adventure". The next single, which was released in a picture cover only in Holland (the second single after "Fraction"). Also released in Canada and Australasia without picture cover unfortunately.
Canadian release. B side "Grand Adventure" from the album.
New Zealand issue.
Australian issue with standard Mushroom label.
"In a minor key" was the final single released from the "Escapade" album. It was only released in Holland and Australia. The Dutch brought out a 7 inch single in two formats (a standard single and a special double 7 inch in a gatefold cover), plus a 12 inch single version.
The back cover of the double 7 inch format.
The back of the one disc 7 inch version, which had the same front cover.
There was one other strange little release from Canada. The A side is "Not for nothing", a fairly nondescript song from "Escapade". The B side is "Fraction too much friction". Should these tracks be on the opposite sides of the disc? There doesn't seem to be any evidence that "Not for nothing" was ever released as a single in Canada, especially given the fact that "Fraction" had already been released as a single in Canada (refer above). A bit mysterious!
Oh yes, between albums came this lovely little single from the soundtrack to the 1985 Australian movie "The Coca-Cola kid". Released only in Australia and only as a 7 inch single
"Big Canoe" was the next full album, and it was characterised by a 'bigger' sound and more complex musical arrangements. It was arguably a more serious album, with an English playwrite coming in to co-write many of the lyrics. In short, it was as different from "Escapade" as you could possibly get...
|The first single from the album, front and back covers. Released in Australasia and Europe only. Released as a 7 inch and 12 inch single with extended mix|
|The second single for the UK only. Released as a 7 inch and 12 inch single with extended mix|
|The second single for Australasia and Europe. Once again, released in 7 and 12 inch formats|
That was it for singles from this particular album, and the album recieved scant interest in North America.
Promotional store poster for the album
Tim then embarked on some more movie soundtrack work, and his solo career as such took a bit of a break while he explored other songwriting avenues. Some interesting little singles emerged during this time however...
|The second single from the movie soundtrack, and a much more up-tempo number, so much so that this was released as a 7 inch and 12 inch extended version|
1989 and it was time to get his solo career back on to the world stage...
The next album indicated a fresh new start of sorts, in the fact that the record was self titled, and he was back in charge of all songwriting duties. The hit singles were big, bold and catchy, without being over-produced or inflated.
Front and back cover
Inner sleeve front and back
|The second single, rather oddly released only as a 7 inch and cassette single, and only in North America and Australasia. The USA cassette single has a similar cover, with slightly different words and graphics|
|The next single, released as a 7 inch and CD single only|
|The final single from the album, released only in New Zealand and only as a 7 inch. Well know Kiwi band Herbs provided the backing vocals|
The end of vinyl releases was on the horizon, and Compact Discs were about to completely take over. There was time for one last Tim Finn vinyl single, and it was a collaboration with his original songwriting buddy from the origins of Split Enz... (actually, rather surprisingly, England ended up pressing one more Tim single)
|1990. A song taken from the soundtrack to the Australian movie "The big steal". Released only in Australasia and only in 7 inch and cassette single formats|
A cassette single only release featuring Tim Finn from 1992
"Before and After" was the title of the next album, released in 1993.
The first single was "Persuasion". Below is the Australian CD single front and back, which was released in fold-out digipack format
The Dutch issue, which was housed in a cardboard slipcase, with same images as the Australian release
The UK release was issued as a 2 CD set, as was the fashion around that time.
"Many's the time" was the 3rd single taken from the album, and only released in Australasia
Promotional store poster for the album
1994. Special "Runs in the family" CD single, written by Tim for the New Zealand cricket centennary celebrations
1998. Special CD single taken from the movie soundtrack of the same name
1999. A new solo album "Say it is so" and the only physical single released, "Twinkle", a CD single only released in Europe
2001. The new solo album "Feeding the Gods". The only physical single taken from the album was a CD single titled "What you've done". It was released only in Australia and New Zealand (in slightly different formats)
"Imaginary Kingdom" (2006) was the next album, released on CD only
There was one physical CD single released "Couldn't be done"
There was also an unofficial 'promotional' single "Horizon"
"The Conversation" (2008) was the next album, but unfortunately the practise of releasing physical singles was dying out, and being replaced by somewhat insipid 'digital only' singles, or just promotional 1 track singles
There was an attractive 2 disc anthology titled "North South East West" released in 2009
The final album offering to date from Tim, was "The view is worth the climb", released in 2011
Following the grand farewell concert for Crowded House on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, Neil embarked on a 2 album solo career
The first album was titled "Try Whistling This" and was released in a single CD and 2CD version
Limited edition 2CD version 2nd bonus disc which featured 6 extra tracks
The first single from the album was "She will have her way", released in the UK as a 2 CD set
Front cover and promotional insert for CD1
Inside cover and disc
Front cover CD2
This singles was also released in Europe and Australasia as a single CD
Second single from the album was "Sinner"
Australian front cover
Sinner promotional postcard (larger 21 X 15 cm's)
Third and final single
UK digipak (NOT a 2 part single this time)
Last One Standing promotional postcard (larger 21 X 15 cm's)
A couple of tour T shirts
And some posters from around that time
Try Whistling This promotional postcard (larger 21 X 15 cm's)
And the coolest of all...
This promotional, fan club only 1999 Neil Finn calendar! (21 X 15 cm's)
Between albums (1999), there were a couple of interesting releases from Neil
As support for the 1999 All Blacks world cup bid, this CD single
And in support for the work of Fred Hollows
Oh, and this little ditty is out of place, being released in 1994, but it's a good a place as any for it to go. A nice little CD single collaboration with Aboriginal musicians Yothu Yindi
The 2nd album was titled "One Nil" (or "One all" for the American market)
Images are Australian issue then the USA issue
Inner fold out digipak cover
USA front cover
USA back cover
One Nil promotional postcard (15 X 10 cm's)
First single was "Rest of the day off" which came in a nice digipak cover and was only released in Australia and NZ
The following three singles were then taken from the album, and released officially only in the UK, although some copies found their way to Australasia. All were the usual (for UK) 2 part releases
Last to know CD1 front and back
Last to know CD2 (jewelcase)
Wherever you are CD1 front and back
Wherever you are CD2 front and back
Hole in the ice CD1 front and back
Hole in the ice CD2 (jewelcase)
Although officially, his solo career had ended, Neil of course remained busy with side projects and the reunited and reformed Crowded House.
So more wonderful images to come...
The "7 worlds collide" project and "Pajama Club",
not to mention some of the best songs yet, under the "Finn Brothers" entity...
The debut album, simply called "Finn"
Back cover (because you've seen the front hundreds of times on Ebay)
First single was "Suffer Never", which was released in the UK as a 2 part CD single once again
Suffer Never promotional postcard (15 X 10 cm's)
Second single "Angel's Heap", once again released in the UK as a 2 part CD single
A third single was released, but it was a fanclub only release
"Everyone is here" was the second album, which was released in Europe, USA and Australasia
Three singles were taken from the album, all singles were released in UK and parts of Europe, as well as New Zealand and Australia. There were small variations in packaging (standard CD case, jewelcase) and graphics within countries, but all three followed a similar black and white theme
Very large promotional store poster
Australian release (jewelcase)
UK release (standard CD case)
European release (jewelcase)
7 WORLDS COLLIDE
The first "7 Worlds Collide" project (2001), a concert recorded live at Auckland's St.James theatre, featured experienced musicians Johnny Marr, Eddie Vedder, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway and Lisa Germano. The performance produced a CD album and DVD
7 Worlds Collide promotional postcard (15 X 10 cm's)
Promotional T shirt
The second offering was titled "The sun came out" and featured a whole new line up of talent (plus most musicians from the first concert). Besides the standard CD, it was also released in a very cool gatefold sleeve double vinyl version
Vinyl inner sleeves front
Vinyl inner sleeves back